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NSBE wins Chancellor’s Excellence Award for Most Improved Organization

NSBE members pose for a group photo around a table with a College of Engineering tablecloth.

The Mizzou chapter of the National Society of Black Engineers (NSBE) has had a terrific year, and the organization’s efforts were rewarded with a Chancellor’s Excellence Award for Most Improved Organization at a ceremony April 7 in the MU Student Center. Photo by Gene Royer.

The Mizzou chapter of the National Society of Black Engineers (NSBE) has had a terrific year, and the organization’s efforts were rewarded with a Chancellor’s Excellence Award for Most Improved Organization at a ceremony April 7 in the MU Student Center.

“We were having a really good year, so let’s go for it,” chapter President Chris Trunell said. “We applied for Most Improved Organization. We’ve always been a solid organization, but this year, we really took off.”

The Chancellor’s Excellence Awards recognize outstanding students, staff and student organizations “who have exemplified excellence through their leadership and involvement on campus and in the community.”

NSBE’s growth this year certainly fit the criteria perfectly. The organization saw slightly less than 70 percent growth in membership this academic year. NSBE’s social media following grew exponentially, particularly on Twitter, where the group nearly doubled its follower count.

“We were able to team up with communications for a social media campaign back in February for Black History Month,” Trunell said. “We also sent out a video promoting diversity in STEM earlier this year, along with launching our website (munsbe.com).”

The organization also took nearly 50 participants to this year’s NSBE Annual Conference, where Briana Wilson was elected Region V Regional Leadership Chair, giving her the responsibility for the Regional Leadership Conference for the largest NSBE region this year, while Nosakhare Eke was elected Region V Vice Chair. Region V is the largest out of NSBE’s 6 regions, boasting over 3000 students in addition to professional and pre-college chapters.

For its effort, NSBE was formally recognized at the Chancellor’s Excellence Awards Ceremony and received a $300 prize for the upcoming academic year.

“We’ve made great strides to further NSBE’s mission this year, and I have no doubt that the newly elected executive board will continue to take the chapter to new heights” Trunell said.